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Today's brides are putting as much planning into the events leading up to their wedding (like their bachelorette party) as they are the big day. And while all those pre-parties are definitely upping the fun factor, they also require guests to shell out even more money to join in the celebration.
According to a 2017 survey by RetailMeNot, people spend an average of $137 for food and $116 on alcohol for a proper bachelorette party. вЂњMost women aren't interested in spending thousands of dollars; they're spending maybe $150 for the weekend on bachelorette activities,вЂќ says Bri Steck, CEO of Vegas Girls Night Out, a boutique party-planning concierge in Las Vegas. вЂњInstead of doing $3,000 bottle service, they're just going to do entry into the nightclubs and open bar for a couple of hours.вЂќ
Steck has found that women, unlike the guys, want more bang for their buck and are willing to spend if it gets them a more VIP experience. вЂњWomen will spend on upgrades,вЂќ she says. вЂњThey'll add on limos, they'll add on the nightclubs, they'll add on dinner, they'll add on hair and makeup. They're more likely to spend money to get a bunch of different things than just one night. It's more that overall experience.вЂќ
Joanne Barken, founder of the Bach, an online hub for bachelorette party planning ideas, agrees. вЂњBachelorette parties continue to focus more and more on the experience and less on a drunken, rowdy night out on the town,вЂќ she says. вЂњFrom cooking classes to yoga retreats, more and more groups are looking at bachelorette weekends as an excuse to try something new and splurge on an experience that they wouldn't normally try on their own.вЂќ
Part of that new experience includes traveling to a fresh destination-and according to the Brides 2018 American Wedding Study, 44 percent said they plan to host their bachelorette party out-of-town. Per the RetailMeNot findings, you can expect to spend an average of $265 on air travel for that trip-not including hotels.
Not surprisingly, more women than men are willing to shop to look their best at the bachelorette bash-39 percent versus 29 percent. Translation: You'll need new clothes for those Instagram snaps, and 35 percent say they purchased a new outfit for a bachelorette. So how much do selfie-worthy new clothes cost? That'll be $137, please.
Plus, says Barken, brides are opening their wallets for extra gifts for their squad. вЂњWe've seen that party favors have gotten way more elaborate,вЂќ she says. вЂњIt's no longer just about the gifts for the bride; all of the guests are often gifted fun items such as welcome bags, hangover kits, and cute party attire.вЂќ
But before you get hung up on the dollars and cents, remember a fun time with your girls is priceless. Says Steck: вЂњIt's all about the experience and having a really great, memorable time.вЂќ